Thu, 28 Oct, 2021
Amman: Japan became champions for a second successive time, as Kumi Yokoyama’s superb late goal secured a 1-0 win over Australia in the AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2018 final on Friday.
The win means Asako Takakura’s charges are the first team to win back-to-back Asian titles since DPR Korea in 2003.
The Nadeshiko survived a deluge of Australian shots at goal, including a saved penalty kick in the 15th minute, before substitute Yokoyama’s strike turned the match in their favour with just six minutes remaining.
Seven days after the sides played out a crucial Group B tie to see who would remain in the tournament, they met again at the same venue to decide who would win it, and – in a repeat of the previous meeting – it was Australia who started the stronger.
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